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UN Security Council Urges Restraint in Ukraine

Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev addressing media after U.N. Security Council meeting, United Nations headquarters, March 1, 2014.
Ukraine's U.N. Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev addressing media after U.N. Security Council meeting, United Nations headquarters, March 1, 2014.
Margaret Besheer
The U.N. Security Council met in an emergency session Saturday after Russia’s parliament unanimously voted to send troops to Ukraine's Crimean region.

Yuriy Sergeyev, Ukraine’s U.N. ambassador, asked Security Council members to stop the aggression against his country, adding that the number of Russian troops already inside Ukraine is “increasing every hour.”

He told reporters after the meeting that Kyiv is willing to work with Moscow about its concerns, but must pull back its troops.

“We are ready for consultations, but what we demand is all the troops to be withdrawn; immediately withdrawn, because they are illegally present there,” he said.

Russia earlier rejected bilateral talks with Ukraine’s new government.

Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Western governments were trying to “whip up” the situation, encouraging protesters who were angry about the previous government’s decision not to sign an association agreement with the European Union.

On Russian troops, he told the council that President Vladimir Putin had asked parliament for the possibility of the use of force in Ukraine, but that Putin has not yet acted on its approval.

Moscow has not confirmed new troop deployments, saying only that current movements are in conformity with existing bilateral agreements to protect its naval base at Sevastopol in Crimea.

U.S. envoy Samantha Power urged that international monitors and observers — including from Europe and the United Nations — be quickly sent to Ukraine to report on the situation.

She echoed President Barack Obama’s call for Russia’s military to stand down and told reporters that Moscow’s actions violate its commitment to protect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

“Less than one week since the sun set on the Sochi Olympics, we are at a critical moment," she said. "The United States considers the current actions by Russia in Ukraine as unacceptable behavior for a G8 member.”

The White House said it is currently suspending its preparations for the G8 summit which is planned for June in Sochi.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in taped remarks after speaking with President Putin by phone Saturday that “cool heads must prevail and dialogue must be the only tool in ending this crisis.”

Council members called for a de-escalation of tensions and international mediation to end the crisis.

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by: Leroy padmore from: Jersey City
March 03, 2014 7:47 AM
Mr. Putin, you are a leader, lead by example. One of the reasons that Russia is on the Security council, is to bring peace and stability to the world. Not to create more destruction. This is a regional war that Russia is trying to pull. Or either Mr. Putin is bluffing holding up Crimea, because he does want for the US to attack Iran nor Syria. Mr. Putin dirty game must be sto

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 03, 2014 5:55 AM
The Ukrainian people needs to stand up to Russia, We are supporting Ukraine for her sovereignty. Mr. Putin and his allies, Iran, Syria and Hezbollah are the problem to world peace. The world cannot sit there condone such a violent act towards a peaceful nation. Russia is taking advantage of Ukraine military. Why Russia cannot come and seize America, French, London, or Canada? Because she knows what will happen to her. This pure nonsense, and we calling the UN, EU and the world leaders to act on this matter.
Mr. Putin should be ashamed of himself. Russia is on the UN security council. what kind of example he is showing to the world? Everywhere in the world Mr. Putin is causing problem, what kind of mess is this? Mr. Putin needs to be of a good example, so that the world can follow. The world have enough problem on her hands, we don't need Mr. Putin problem. We are requesting Mr. Putin to withdraw from Crimea, and let the Ukrainian people solve their problem. We are urging the Obama administration to stand with Ukrainian people. Enough is really enough.

by: Leroy Padmore from: Jersey City
March 03, 2014 1:04 AM
Russia is playing a dirty game here, what does Mr. Putin thinks, this is yugoslavia or Georgia? You are talking about the US son. You need to calm yourself down Mr Putin. Mr. Putin must think twice, and the people of Russia needs to read between the line. Anything other than peace is not good for Russia, this is a Nuclear disaster that Mr. Putin is playing with. We are urging Mr. Putin to come to the negotiating table, there is a better way to go about this thing.

by: Adam from: Toronto
March 01, 2014 11:58 PM
Stop talking and enact an embargo on Russian people and goods until Putin gives up power. There is no place in the world for this kind of Russia. Stop giving it ammunition, stop making it stronger.

They will use take every inch that is given and they will use it against you like they have always done over and over again.

by: dick clifton from: alaska
March 01, 2014 11:06 PM
The UN has requested restraint in the matter of the Ukraine. It has also ordered a large pizza with 3 cheeses and sausage. The latter will be delivered.

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